Funk, Soul, Shire

New Zealand born, now Caringbah local, Lambie Fata, better known as DJLambam is one of the hottest artists to hit the Shire. Having been in Australia for more than 30 years, arriving with his love of music, Lambie has made a name for himself DJing around Sydney and a regular gig at Cronulla’s Low & Lofty’s.


Lambie was probably 11 years old when his love of collecting music began, taking his pocket money to the local record shop to buy vinyl singles. His love of RnB, Funk and Soul and Hip Hop extended to his teenage years, DJing for his friends, or in clubs and bars and his passion continued to grow as his following extended to Sydney upon his migration in 1987.


With roots firmly planted in traditional DJing, Lambie appreciates how much the game has changed. 


“The old DJ where they used to carry crates of records and big heavy equipment; those days have gone. It’s part of technology, part of the whole thing changing. But it’s still fun and the passion is still there.”


Lambie speaks of the physicalness of the changing times, comparing the way you can hug a record but not an MP3 saying everyone’s a DJ now because of programs like Spotify and DJ equivalents. Newer DJs are coming through who are catering for the younger crowd.


And as the way music is performed is changing, Lambie still feels there is a place for traditional DJing. A lot is to be said for the ‘Old School” performance, commenting that older DJs have more experience, knowledge, and depth in music. 


“Vinyl is very hard to mix. There’s a talent involved. Selecting music is one thing, to please the crowd, or to fascinate the crowd. But to mix it together seamlessly and to get that vibe flowing is another thing. If you started from vinyl, then that’s a blessing. Digital is just as good; more buttons are involved and it’s more calculated.”


He notes that some DJs of his generation believe younger, digital DJs should know the basics. 


“I’m happy to teach people the basics of vinyl mixing and vinyl itself. Unfortunately, there’s not enough time or younger people that are interested, because people want to do things quick and fast. Music these days is no frills. Older DJs like myself who want to keep that energy and substance alive, it’s hard because everything has come more easy and fast and free. It’s kind of dying and that’s a shame.”


In saying that, DJ Lambam offers both digital and analogue performance. 


“My favourite gig was from last year at the Enmore Theatre. It was a disco gig with some overseas artists. I’ve never played to a big crowd like that, it was amazing. The energy was, everyone was hyped, everyone was ready to party. Just being a DJ to get everyone in the mood; that was great. The experience alone, you’d never forget.”


Lambie grew up on soul and funk, RnB and hip hop and it’s where his passion lies. At the same he knows that being a DJ is not just about one genre, so has opened himself up to more commercial music. 


“Music needs soul. The essence of any music. whether it be rock or whatever, jazz, it needs substance. If you’re playing music you can tap your toe to, nod your head to, that’s got some soul feeling or some depth, people are happy.”


And whilst there are many other well-established DJs in the Shire, such as Andrew Stevens (aka DJ Busta), Marc Scully (aka DJ Omegaman) and Jo Kalolo (aka DJ Jojo), DJ Lambam is available for hire especially now as COVID restrictions are easing. Check him out on Instagram and Soundcloud.


Read the latest edition of Shire Talk Magazine here.

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